Groundhog Day event Thursday morning in Lilburn

LILBURN -- All eyes will be on Gen. Beauregard Lee early Thursday morning as the furry critter peers out from his groundhog "mansion" to determine whether or not we'll see an early spring.

The event is set for 7 a.m. Thursday at Yellow River Game Ranch, a famous annual gathering spot to view the winter tradition.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City predict early morning rain should clear out by about the time the event starts Thursday morning.

According to lore, if a ground sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks to winter. If it doesn't see its shadow, an early spring is forecasted.

Art Rilling, CEO at Yellow River Game Ranch, said the event typically brings out about 200 people eager to be the first to see Beau emerge from his dwellingplace.

"More and more people are making it out here every year," Rilling said. "They get up real early in the morning, they bring their grandkids and they make it a tradition."

For the Yellow River Game Ranch, it's a decades old tradition.

"It's a sight to see," Rilling said. "When it gets close to time for him to come out, we get everybody chanting and the kids are ringing country bells and making all the noise we can. It's a good time."

The Yellow River Game Ranch is located at 4525 Hwy. 78, Lilburn. For more information, visit www.yellowrivergameranch.com